City in Washington

Olympia is the capital of the U.S. state of Washington

24th largest city in the state


Olympia, the capital of Washington state, is at the southern end of Puget Sound. The sprawling Washington State Capitol Campus, beside Capitol Lake, includes the stately Legislative Building and the 1909 Governor’s Mansion. On the downtown waterfront, Percival Landing Park has a boardwalk and public art. More than 200 bird species visit the estuary habitat of the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.

Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Olympia

The evergreen city of Olympia sits at the southern end of Puget Sound, where the Deschutes River meets saltwater, and the glaciered slopes of Mount Rainier rise in the background. Though large in ambition, the Washington state capital is a compact city with an array of grandiose government buildings, unusual museums, and a lively waterfront district. In the surrounding rural areas, nature takes a firm hold at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge and amid the mysterious Mima Mounds.

Mount Rainier
About 65 miles southeast of Olympia, Mount Rainier National Park is centered around its namesake - a volcano in the Cascades chain. Many people come to the national park to climb and hike, especially in the old-growth Grove of the Patriarchs. Scenic drives take visitors to the mountaintop lodge at Paradise, via the Road to Paradise, or to welcome the first rays of morning sun from Sunrise. And there are many sightseeing opportunities at lookouts, waterfalls, and historic buildings along the routes.

Hands on Children's Museum
The Hands On Children's Museum features eight galleries with numerous interactive displays. Children are encouraged to play creatively while learning in the stimulating range of settings. Unlike some children's museums, this facility is designed for a variety of age groups - including parents with infants. Address: 414 Jefferson Street NE, Olympia

Olympic Flight Museum
Established in 1998, this aviation museum is a tourist attraction at the Olympia Regional Airport. The wide hangar shelters heritage planes and helicopters, as well as memorabilia. The museum also hosts the annual Olympic Air Show in August, when some of its own heritage planes take to the sky. Address: Building A, 7637 Old Hwy 99 SE, Tumwater

Bigelow House Museum
Bigelow House Museum is noted for being Olympia's oldest home, built in the mid to late 1850s (although the exact year of completion is the source of some debate). The house contains a large collection of original furnishings offering insight into local life during the 1800s. Address: 918 Glass Ave, Olympia


Olympia is located 60 miles (100 km) southwest of Seattle